Blade is Getting Ears Cut Tomorrow (beginning to end pics, finished posting at 8 m.o.)

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Yep, we are going to doctor tomorrow to get ears cut. It's about 1 h. 15 min ride and I will leave Blade there to stay overnight, pick him up Friday afternoon.

I will also have him micro chipped. He is 11 weeks old right now.

I have been watching youtube videos and reading about ear posting. Not sure if I am looking forward to it.

I will keep this thread updated with pics and questions. Don't hesitate to give me advice. Thank you!

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Take a good long look at him now, cos when he comes back from his cropping you will think he is a different guy.  They almost lose the 'puppy look' after a cropping, and you will be amazed at the difference.  Good luck.  What style are you going to have done?  Long, show crop, medium?

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I will go with the same cut as his dad has, see picture below with his papa Dillon Doberman's Cobby.

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Man, his papa is totally impressive looking!

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Yeah, he is. Got the fire in his eyes. Intimidating. But then I think back to glengate's posted picture in this thread, http://www.gentledoberman.com/forums/doberman-pinscher-discussion/general/sofa-or-not-sofa and I know what those dobies do when they are not putting up a tough front. They like to be goofballs and couch potatoes, if allowed.

It makes me crack up every time I think of it.

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Make sure you have lots and lot of photos with his floppy ears because you will miss it.  The posting process can be a pain in the you now what!  But you will have lots of help here

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Ok, just ignore me posting a reply to my own post. I want this link here to easily find it later.

http://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-corner/47747-ear-posting-directions-photo-tutorial-my-method.html

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sasha (then-12 weeks old) had her ears cropped about 3 weeks ago. make sure your vet gives you plenty of pain medication. we gave sasha a pain pill every 12 hrs without fail as well as sleeping pills (throughout the day) for the 2-weeks of stiches. she was pretty much out of it for about 2 days and started to get her swagger back on day 3. the next 10 days were spent protecting the stiches which meant protecting sasha from herself. it helps if there is someone who can be with blade 24/7. sasha had her stiches removed yesterday and was allowed a day of freedom before the taping today. she certainly isn't crazy about the taping but not nearly as irritating as the surgery and post-op.

That is a very nice looking crop that the sire of your dog has. Good choice!

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Omg... I completely agree with Des... That boy is just GORGEOUS!!!! You're one lucky duck!

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Good luck to you and Blade.. hope it all goes well and you're ready for the 'post season'

Lots of help here, that's for sure.. I don't think I would want to be anywhere else!

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Kisses to Blade.  I loved those puppy pics you posted of him.  One determined little boy and so full of life!  We're all thinking of you little Blade!  I agree with Rnd, his sire is beautiful.

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Im excited for you. good luck with your posting. Bourbon has a show crop and the breeder recommended we post untill he was six months, but it didnt take that long. Posting period goes by so fast. It seems like yeserday he was running around with little tampons in his ears

 

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Thank you for all the great advice. here is picture from this morning, while we were waiting on vet's office to open. Last "before" picture.

Blade is very energetic when he gets wound up. I am looking to start puppy obedience classes asap, becasue he likes to mouth/bite & grab the pants at the ankle, and that needs to be stopped. He moves so fast that I can't grab his face fast enough and he puts scars on my hands. I need to learn how to calm him down.

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Awww, he is SO cute.  Puppy classes really do help---it gives them something to think about, and these dogs LOVE to learn new things.

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We got home from vet yesterday. His ears are bandaged in these pictures, I will take them off today. He is so clumsy with the cone, so funny. Poor baby. He also wants to scratch really bad. Otherwise he is doing great.

Blade is 12 weeks today.

A cone!?

 

Oh boy, a stick paradise! If only I did not had that cone!

Look, look.... I got me a stick!

Getting some water.

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Bandages are off, and ears are looking good. Stiches will come out in 5 days.

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He still has that sweet sweet face... what a good boy.. still able to cope even with " the Cone of Shame'

Looks like a long crop.. hope you both have good luck with it.. any questions, please feel free to ask here on the forum. there are ear experts and posting pros at your disposal!!

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We got Blade's ears glued to the cup yesterday. He is not too thrilled about it and they ich very bad. I let him out of the cone for a little bit to give him a break, but then I leave him alone I have to put the cone back. Now, with foam cup beeing on his head, the cone is larger  and it is harder to get around. It will be great to get the stiches out on Firday (4  more days!) and take the cone off.

Couple of good pictures of his crop.

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Love your dog. He looks so cute.

This forum is great. Is full of people that want to help and support you.

Good luck with your baby.

I do have to say whoever put the cup on did a superb job why it wasn't done from day 1 is beyond me. The cup is exactly what should have been placed on his head to begin with. This is how we do all our puppies as they come out of getting the ears cropped. The vet puts them on a cup. This way they are used to wearing it and mind you I have litters of puppies cropped NONE of them wear the cone afterwards. There is no need for it. They are pretty much kept in the same pen depending on the size of the litter and everyone does just fine. The cup allows the ear edges to breathe and heal faster. It amazes me how long some vets leave the stitches in. I can point to some recently that have pictures of after the stitches were out and before they posted that the stitches were left in too long. They need to be taken out at around 5 to 7 days at the most. If any longer you get embedded sutures which are so prevalent in the aftercare photos on this site. It is also important to keep the edges moist with antibiotic creme, you don't want them drying out. You want them to be supple. They make antibiotic creme with a pain reliever ingredient in it which also helps.
Good luck with your posting it looks like he has a nice long crop. You will be lucky that he has a little more bell on it so it will make it easier to post. BTW who did the crop? I'm looking forward to seeing it as he matures.

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Hi rnd, tell me more about the antibiotics creme you use. Is that something I can buy in walmart or drugstore, or do I need prescription? I have not been putting anything on, since no-one has told me to put anything. I have antibiotics pill 2x/day, and iron syrup that doc prescribed. I also got pain medicine for him when bandages were taken off.

Stitches will be taken out on 8th day.

When the cone is off he wants to itch the ears. I am putting on medicated ear powder that is supposed to ease the itch and help healing.

Crop was done by Dr. Joe Hastings at Oneonta Animal Hospital, AL. I will ask him why he did not put it up on a cup. When I picked Blade up after surgery ears were in bandages, and he was telling me why, but I was too busy loving on my puppy to listen to what he was saying. I am sure it is because ears were bandaged.

you can use any kind of antibiotic creme such as neosporin with pain relief.

So If I understand this correctly you had the surgery done by Hastings and he put them in the bandages. You then took him to a breeder different from who you bought him from and they put on the cup? The person that put the cup on did a fantastic job this is exactly how it should look. You should take good photos if you have to replace it again. Then we could start a new thread with how to do the cup, this would be helpful to many people.

Our puppies like I said are cropped either on the 7th or 9th week, they go immediately up on the cup. This way the ear is standing from hour 1. The ears have no time to be down. As you can see from your cup all the sutures are visible and you dont have the ugly shrinking that goes on with leaving them down. I put the antibiotic creme on the edges to help them to be supple. It helps with healing and easier suture removal. The way my ears are done we have running sutures which are removed on day 5 and then the base sutures which are usually able to be removed on day 9.

So are you going to take the cup off before you take him in to have the sutures removed? I doubt this vet has even seen the cup method. No offense but the way he had the entire ear bandaged and the cone on promotes nothing. You can see yourself from the way the cup was put on how the ears are held in perfect position and straight as can be. Look back at the photos of how he was sent home with his ears hanging to the side and the cone in the way, even if the vet had braced them up would have been better than leaving them dangle. NOt to mention that the entire ear was covered, no air for healing, removing the bandages on freshly sutured ears can be very painful depending on how they wrapped it.  That is good that the vet gave you the antibiotics and pain meds that helps sometimes.

I would definitely go back and have the person that put the cup on help you with wrapping instead of the vet. I have a feeling that they are going to do a far better job with it. He looks like he has a nice crop, I'm looking forward to seeing it standing!

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Hi rnd,  breeder that put Blade's ears on cup is owner of the Blade's Sire from Dillon Dobermans. She recommended me the vet and her vet usually puts ears on the cup, but for some reason he did not do it for Blade. Vet was saying something about the ear tip being reason for bandages, but I was not listening .  I am sure it all will be alright.

I have two reputable & experienced breeders within 30-60 min drive from me that are willing to help with posting first time, and probably afterwards if I need help.

Lady who put the cup on said to keep it until glue starts falling apart, which will be in about 2 weeks. Then we will take it off. She gave me this link to video for posting, it includes the materials that she uses, right kind of tape...etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e39bE8ctNJc

I will definitely keep this thread updated with pics.

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rnd, when I take cone off Blade wants to scratch his ears. Even with ear powder on, he wants to scratch it. I do not want him to mess his ears up by scratching, that's why I keep cone on when I am not there with him and at night.

I will try neosporin and see if that takes the itch away. 

Very good I've seen the video before. I would still have them help you and show you how the first few times, it really helps.

I would keep the cone on when you are not home they can't be allowed to scratch at it period. I've had litters put on cups and nobody ever wears a cone, but Im home with them.

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Blades ears look great!! He's such a handsome boy and I'm sure the vet had a reason for wrapping them. Keep us posted with lots of pics!!

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We got the stitches out yesterday and below is picture. His ears are healed well, there is a spot on the bottom in the thick part that needs to completely heal and the we can start porting them. I have to keep my eye on him for scratching, but he is not doing it as much as when he had stitches in.

Since he has long crop, posting could be 4 to 5 month long.

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The foam cup finally came off, or correct way to put it would be, the ear came off from the cup, and we got Blade's ears posted last night. Look at my handsom boy -

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He IS a gorgeous pup.  Growing so fast, too.

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Tahnk you, Paul. He is joy!

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Update on Blade's ears: wereposted yesterday and let his ears ear out for few hours. here is the picture, looking good!

4 month and 1 week old

Beautiful ear crop and beautiful puppy!

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oh that is very nice. he is so handsome. im still having trouble getting Lily to stand. :(

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It has been over 5 weeks since we removed last ear posts and I can confidenly say that Blade is done with ear posts. He is 9.5 month now, and his ear look great. It was pain in a lower back to post it for 5 month but well worth it.

I posted his ears for 5 month, untill he was 8 months old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Busted sleeping on job - hehehe....

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Wow what a handsome pup, and his Daddy is magnificent!  Cropping, had me in tears, I totally stunk at posting.  Fortunately, my vet lives close and did it for 12 weeks for me.  I was literally in tears because they never came out right.   Kaiser certainly learned tolerance from that experience. He looks great.

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He is beautiful!

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Good job and the ears look great. The rest of him is non to shabby as well. When he is full grown he will be impressive.

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Wow.. he looks  magnificent.. I re-read your entire thread and just got so tickled at how much he's grown and how different he looks from your original pictures of him..

Blade will start REALLY filling out and surpass his pappa some day soon.. I 'm just bettin'! He truly is spectacular! Congratulations on a job well done!!

Cobby's owner Nancy from Dillion Dobermans is a good friend of mine - my Velma came from her, and she has a puppy girl from my last litter.  Good luck with your boy.

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He is such a handsome puppy! LOVE the crop!!! He is going to be one awesome looking Dobe when he gets bigger!!! Congrats!